Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.05
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date March 23, 2023

STARS v2.2

Purdue University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.96 / 14.00 Tony Gillund
Director of Sustainability
Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,848 2,947
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 25 10
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 106 36

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:
3.69

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:
67

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
35

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:
52.24

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :
The course inventory was gathered using the assistance of the university’s Administrative Operations Integrated Analytics (AOIA) team. AOIA pulled a list of the all the courses offered at the university from the course catalog maintained by the Registrar; additionally, AOIA was able to pull the available course description and learning objectives for each course. The data set was shared with the Campus Planning, Architecture and Sustainability (CPAS) group, and the file was compiled into one master list of all courses with their associated learning objectives and descriptions. CPAS in collaboration with other stakeholders developed a list of more than 110 sustainability-related keywords. An Excel Macro was developed and used to determine how many of the keywords were in the course title, learning objective and/or course description. As the next steps, the courses with a sustainability keyword were evaluated to determine if the course was: Sustainability-Focused, Sustainability-Inclusive, or neither. Totals for these categories respectively were then calculated for both undergraduate and graduate categories. Certain courses were removed from the list as allowed by STARS. These included: zero credit courses, inactive courses, regional only , No College Designated (independent study, Study Abroad, etc.), removed any course that is individually-directed courses (e.g. thesis, independent study, practicum). The evaluation followed the STARS protocol of determining sustainability focused courses: primary and explicit focus on sustainability, major sustainability challenge, or sustainability within a field; and the STARS protocol of determining sustainability inclusive courses: incorporates a unity/module on sustainability, sustainability challenge, sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability challenges/issues/concepts throughout the course.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each offering or section of a course was counted as an individual course

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:
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Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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